filthy

adjective
\ ˈfil-thē How to pronounce filthy (audio) \
filthier; filthiest

Definition of filthy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : covered with, containing, or characterized by filth filthy streets filthy dishes
2a : underhand, vile
b : obscene filthy language

filthy

adverb

Definition of filthy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in a filthy manner filthy dirty
2 : very, exceedingly filthy rich

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Other Words from filthy

Adjective

filthily \ ˈfil-​thə-​lē How to pronounce filthily (audio) \ adverb
filthiness \ ˈfil-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce filthiness (audio) \ noun

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Adjective

dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid mean conspicuously unclean or impure. dirty emphasizes the presence of dirt more than an emotional reaction to it. a dirty littered street filthy carries a strong suggestion of offensiveness and typically of gradually accumulated dirt that begrimes and besmears. a stained greasy floor, utterly filthy foul implies extreme offensiveness and an accumulation of what is rotten or stinking. a foul-smelling open sewer nasty applies to what is actually foul or is repugnant to one expecting freshness, cleanliness, or sweetness. it's a nasty job to clean up after a sick cat In practice, nasty is often weakened to the point of being no more than a synonym of unpleasant or disagreeable. had a nasty fall his answer gave her a nasty shock squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness and filth that of slovenly neglect. squalid slums All these terms are also applicable to moral uncleanness or baseness or obscenity. dirty then stresses meanness or despicableness don't ask me to do your dirty work , while filthy and foul describe disgusting obscenity or loathsome behavior filthy street language a foul story of lust and greed , and nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness. a stand-up comedian known for nasty humor Distinctively, squalid implies sordidness as well as baseness and dirtiness. engaged in a series of squalid affairs

Examples of filthy in a Sentence

Adjective

She's in a filthy mood. you simply cannot use such filthy language on the public airwaves

Adverb

grew up filthy poor and hated every minute of it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Children in filthy clothes with no showers, soap or toothbrushes. Doyle Mcmanus, latimes.com, "Cruelty to migrant children shouldn’t be a partisan issue," 10 July 2019 Poor sanitation and filthy hospitals made perfect habitats for the spread of superbugs—especially bacteria with the alarming ability to pass their drug-resistant genes to other species of bacteria. The Economist, "Attack of the superbugs: July 2041," 5 July 2019 Also Tuesday, the acting head of the Customs and Border Protection agency, John Sanders, resigned amid reports of migrant children at the border being held in unsafe and filthy conditions. Mike James, USA TODAY, "Graphic photo of drowned father and daughter stirs volatile immigration debate," 25 June 2019 The researcher added that young girls were taking care of a sick two-year-old boy who was in filthy clothing without a diaper, and that the children said they were fed uncooked frozen food and had gone weeks without bathing. CBS News, "250 children living under inhumane conditions at Texas border facility, doctors and attorneys say," 21 June 2019 Main street—the wide trench that ran through the center of camp—was bedded with what Langway recalls as filthy white quicksand. Jon Gertner, WIRED, "The Top Secret Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice," 12 June 2019 On fur farms, mink, foxes and rabbits are kept in small, filthy cages their entire lives before being anally electrocuted, gassed or bludgeoned to death. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: With anti-cruelty bill California can be a leader in compassion," 2 July 2019 Advocates and attorneys have decried fetid, filthy conditions inside the stations that were not meant as more than a temporary holding station. NBC News, "Salvadoran migrant dies in U.S. border custody," 1 July 2019 Lawyers had just arrived to visit those same detention facilities along the border, finding children who were filthy and hungry and crying, without access to toothbrushes or soap or sleep. Author: Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Department of Justice lawyer defends herself over viral video about providing soap, toothbrushes to migrants," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of filthy

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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filthy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of filthy

: very dirty
: very offensive or disgusting and usually about sex
: very evil : morally wrong

filthy

adjective
\ ˈfil-thē How to pronounce filthy (audio) \
filthier; filthiest

Kids Definition of filthy

: extremely dirty

Other Words from filthy

filthiness noun

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